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Why can't I just take a damn test and get a degree?

 
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Why can't I just take a damn test and get a degree?
If college weren't just life sucking for-profit pieces of crap, they would allow anyone to take their exams for a fee, and award degrees to them.

That is theoretically the entire point of a college. To educate people, but also to provide a means for people to know who is educated and who is not before you hire them.

But in our society, even if you know how to build a particle accelerator out of toothpicks, you have to have the money and time to get a degree.

It is ridiculous.
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11/17/2012 07:07 AM
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Re: Why can't I just take a damn test and get a degree?
If college weren't just life sucking for-profit pieces of crap, they would allow anyone to take their exams for a fee, and award degrees to them.

That is theoretically the entire point of a college. To educate people, but also to provide a means for people to know who is educated and who is not before you hire them.

But in our society, even if you know how to build a particle accelerator out of toothpicks, you have to have the money and time to get a degree.

It is ridiculous.
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If you were that smart, you should be able to start your own company and become a billionaire. So quit bitching and start working.
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11/17/2012 07:08 AM
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Re: Why can't I just take a damn test and get a degree?
If college weren't just life sucking for-profit pieces of crap, they would allow anyone to take their exams for a fee, and award degrees to them.

That is theoretically the entire point of a college. To educate people, but also to provide a means for people to know who is educated and who is not before you hire them.

But in our society, even if you know how to build a particle accelerator out of toothpicks, you have to have the money and time to get a degree.

It is ridiculous.
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If you were that smart, you should be able to start your own company and become a billionaire. So quit bitching and start working.
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shill
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11/17/2012 07:09 AM
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Re: Why can't I just take a damn test and get a degree?
money, money, money....my friend...
those deans could not afford a vacation home if they didn't milk you for the money, now could they
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Re: Why can't I just take a damn test and get a degree?
If college weren't just life sucking for-profit pieces of crap, they would allow anyone to take their exams for a fee, and award degrees to them.

That is theoretically the entire point of a college. To educate people, but also to provide a means for people to know who is educated and who is not before you hire them.

But in our society, even if you know how to build a particle accelerator out of toothpicks, you have to have the money and time to get a degree.

It is ridiculous.
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I take it you've never tried that?

Because as far as I know you can do that.
"Everybody lies."
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11/17/2012 07:12 AM
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Re: Why can't I just take a damn test and get a degree?
You can if you want to be a lawyer. You can take the bar without a college degree - if you pass, you can have a license to practice law. (in some states; not sure if all)
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11/17/2012 07:13 AM
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Re: Why can't I just take a damn test and get a degree?
LOL the funny thing is you CAN test your way to a bachelors. Its called CLEP. There are plenty of online avenues you could EXPLORE that would allow you to earn a degree at a FAST pace.

Start with www.degreeinfo.com: Click the link to the forum on the home page and you'll find a pool of information related to your question.

Youre welcome.

peace
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11/17/2012 07:16 AM
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Re: Why can't I just take a damn test and get a degree?
Actually, with work experience you don't need a college degree. My mom was making $100,000 - $150,000 a year without a college degree because they didn't HAVE college degrees for what she did when she started.

I know what she knew, I don't have a college degree and I have tested the waters and can make about $90,000 - $100,000 a year doing what she did before she passed with zero work experience. I just don't want to. lol. She regretted the work she did, and I wouldn't want to add to it by being a stooge to the corporations and government.
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11/17/2012 07:17 AM
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Re: Why can't I just take a damn test and get a degree?
You cant get a bachelors with those CLAP tests. You need a college to accept them and then additional credits. I tried it.
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11/17/2012 07:22 AM
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Re: Why can't I just take a damn test and get a degree?
I often thought about that, I went through college and got the piece of paper at the end, I came to think what is stopping someone getting these textbooks and course outline and exam papers and reading them in the public library or at home in their own time until they know it all?. Im sure I could learn a subject that way fast track no real need to pay someone so much to stand in front of me in a lecture theatre 3 times a week and read and explain to me what I could figure out myself with those books. So it is possible to know a subject but not be able to get it "officially" acknowledged because you havn't payed the money
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11/17/2012 07:23 AM
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Re: Why can't I just take a damn test and get a degree?
Ok. I am aware of CLEP and getting fast-paced degrees from university of phoenix and the like.

Those are good points.

Thank you for the feedback.

However, even though those degrees are ACCREDITED somewhat, it is a far cry from a degree from a major university like Rice.

But you guys are right. I stand corrected. I can get some type of degree in a year or so through CLEP and similar programs.
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11/17/2012 07:26 AM
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Re: Why can't I just take a damn test and get a degree?
University of Phoenix isn't a real school.
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11/17/2012 07:26 AM
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Re: Why can't I just take a damn test and get a degree?
I have a adv cert he in english and creative studies.
A BA in english and creative writing
A GDL (graduate diploma in law)
An LPC (legal practice course). Which goes someway towards an MA.

Any questions ill probably be able to answer them, but cant even afford a Burger King. wWll not today anyway...!

Regards
Jules
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11/17/2012 07:30 AM
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Re: Why can't I just take a damn test and get a degree?
It's all in the $$$$$

Do you think the colleges and universities would give up all

those lucrative positions?

Did you ever notice, lets say NASA, with the billion

dollars worth of funding has no clue as to the complexity

of the universe. They are always baffled, confused, not sure.

There are lots of intelligent people out there who don't have a degree.

Welcome to the 21st century.
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11/17/2012 07:34 AM
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Re: Why can't I just take a damn test and get a degree?
(Just a note to op).


I blew off business school, and now sell junk on ebay. I make a pretty nice income. (nice nice).

I may not have a piece of paper that says im smart.

Although, I "do" have just about everything I want now. My own home, a nice can and a pretty damn hot girlfriend. We vacation all the time, and Believe me when I say best decision, I have ever made;)

I am my own boss...

I go to work when I want.

I have never been this happy!

Best part is it only took me: a prepaid debit card, and 50.00 to start.

buy low sell high. <---

I am going to read some other stuff now, but ya. Learn how to ebay... !
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11/17/2012 08:37 AM
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Re: Why can't I just take a damn test and get a degree?
University of Phoenix isn't a real school.
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As long as it is regionally accredited it is a real school. The one I have an issue with is places like ITT tech they lack accreditation and credits dont transfer.
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11/17/2012 08:44 AM
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Re: Why can't I just take a damn test and get a degree?
If college weren't just life sucking for-profit pieces of crap, they would allow anyone to take their exams for a fee, and award degrees to them.

That is theoretically the entire point of a college. To educate people, but also to provide a means for people to know who is educated and who is not before you hire them.

But in our society, even if you know how to build a particle accelerator out of toothpicks, you have to have the money and time to get a degree.

It is ridiculous.
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If you were that smart, you should be able to start your own company and become a billionaire. So quit bitching and start working.
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He has a point OP.
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11/17/2012 08:55 AM
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Re: Why can't I just take a damn test and get a degree?
I dropped out and took a GED, but now, through hard work at a company that promotes from within, I am a Senior Network Client Administrator in IT.

I make more than most college graduates at my job without the debt.